Orange County California
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes an examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss Booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day.
There may be an additional charge for pets over 99 lbs, extended travel (see Service Area below), appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), and aggressive pets.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered out to sea.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 4am - 8pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Mary Gardner, DVM
Born and raised in Orange County, NY, I was one of those children that attracted stray animals like bees to honey, and I loved it! Of course my heart-wrenching story telling became legendary as I created saga after saga about why it was imperative that my parents allow these animals to join our family. One of the most cherished additions was a Samoyed that I had rescued at the Humane Society and named Snow White. The 12 years we shared together were wonderful, and we had grown to be intricate parts of one another's lives.
But in 1999 fate dealt me a shattering blow as she unexpectedly passed due to a systemic infection. The only positive I can take away from this tragic event is that I was able to say good-bye to my best friend as she lay in my arms and breathed her last breath. I was her last glimpse of a life that was filled with love, compassion and companionship. Although stricken with grief as I mourned my loss, I knew at that very moment that I wanted to follow a long held dream of becoming a veterinarian in order to help people care for their cherished animal friends.
While practicing small animal medicine, my most enjoyable moments are creating close relationships with the families of the pets I treat. Early on I had recognized this dynamic kinship between animal, owner and practitioner and was bestowed with the most distinguished Human-Animal Bond award in Veterinary school. The awareness of this bond makes the task of assisting clients with the difficult decision to euthanize their pets all the more arduous. I've come to appreciate the very fragile balance of a pet having a good quality of life and knowing when it's time to be selfless and let your pet pass with dignity and without suffering. Although a difficult task, I am always honored to be a part of the family's last moments with their beloved pets.
Over 10 years later, I still think of and miss my lovely Snow White every time I must help a family say goodbye to their pet. I've chosen to focus on this aspect of Veterinary medicine because helping families say goodbye to a beloved pet is a difficult yet important part of the human-animal bond. Creating a loving and nurturing environment for both pets and owners is instrumental in helping them to find closure at such a difficult time. While I comfort the families left behind, I like to think that every pet that I help is greeted by my Snow White as they cross the rainbow bridge.
Amanda Page, DVM
I grew up on the Central Coast of California & naturally gravitated to all animals that crossed my path. I would spend countless hours with our family cats and dogs. As I grew older I spent much of my time on ranches working with horses, cattle, goats, sheep & pigs. Some of my fondest memories are when my friend and I would take her goat on road trips and play soccer with my pig Cupcake. I always knew I would work with animals but it wasn’t until I started working at a small animal veterinary hospital that I realized veterinary medicine was my calling.
In the year 2000 I adopted a cat named Hank that would change my life forever. Our unique bond guided me to pursue feline veterinary medicine after my studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. After graduation from veterinary school in 2009, I specialized in feline medicine for 7 years. In 2013, Hank was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Grieving Hank’s diagnosis and decline was one of my life’s greatest challenges as he had been my best friend through so much of my young adult life. I facilitated Hank’s passing at home surrounded by his family and our other pets. The loss I felt struck me to my core. Hank has taught me so much about the impermanence of life, unconditional love and that our bond continues in a more subtle way.
I hold a special place in my heart for providing comfortable and dignified end of life care for the beautiful pets I have been blessed to care for & have chosen to focus on this aspect of care. As we enter the transitional phases of our beloved pets life, it can be so difficult to know when it is time to make the selfless decision to provide the gift of a peaceful passing. Providing gentle guidance, unconditional support and compassion along with holding space for families to experience their emotions, grieve, remember and begin the path to healing is an honor I am blessed to fulfill.
Mary Gardner, DVM
"We will always be grateful to Dr. Page for her compassion and warmth. She helped us through the very difficult process of saying goodbye to our sweet Stormy and turned what was to us a sad, scary situation into an calming, uplifting experience. She was extremely gentle and kind to Stormy and very reassuring and respectful of our feelings throughout. We will definitely recommend Lap of Love to others, as they provide a valuable and much needed service."
Scott KolodgeLong Beach, California
"When it was time to put my beloved Reno, an 85 pound mixed Rottie/Burmese mountain dog, down I knew it was the right thing to do. She had health issues from the moment I rescued her. But her disposition never changed and she remained my companion for over 10 years. Using Laps of Love made my decision so much more clear. I got to stay with my dog while she peacefully passed away. I am so thankful for Dr. Amanda's compassion and sincerity. My dog went to her the minute she walked in the door. I would recommend this organization to anyone feeling the sadness and stress of making this decision."
Diana MiddletonLong Beach, California
Thank you so much for everything you did. Saying goodbye to him was one of the most difficult things I have ever done and I'm not sure I would have been able to do it at all had it not been for you. Your kind soul and peaceful presence truly is a gift and I will be forever thankful to you for what you were able to do for jack, Levi and myself. You are an amazing human and the world is a much better place because of people like you. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. ❤❤❤"
Kelly MatilloAnaheim, California
"In early November my family and I made the difficult decision to put down our elderly cat, Callie. She HATED going to the vet, and I didn't want to put her through the stress on her last day. I wanted her to be in her favorite place, surrounded by her favorite people. Dr. Amanda came and she is seriously so sweet. I felt like she truly cared and the first thing we said after Callie's extremely peaceful passing was "wow she was so great." Dr. Amanda is extremely personable and in all of our correspondences has been extremely supportive and kind. I have two other elderly pets, and I know when the time comes, I will be returning to Lap of Love. After she passed, everyone there agreed they could never put their beloved pets down at a vets office again. Thank you Lap of Love and especially Dr. Amanda for making this such a positive and peaceful experience."
Riley O'DonnellHuntington Beach, California
"We want to express our sincere gratitude to Lap of Love and Dr. Amanda Page for coming into our home and making Cooper's passing a beautiful experience. She was so gracious and knowledgable and we instantly felt comfortable around her. Cooper was a shy Lab but was immediately at ease with Dr. Amanda too. We had 10 wonderful years with him and were so sad when he was diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Bommarito at the Veterinary cancer group helped Cooper to enjoy another 6 months after his diagnosis and felt Dr. Amanda would provide us with the best way to say goodbye. He was right!"
Linell MacKenzieTustin, California
"The day I had been dreading and really couldn't imagine was approaching for my buddy, Gus the Wonder Dog. He had been my family and one of my very best friends for thirteen and a half years. But at age 15, his time was coming and he was letting me know. I truly don't know how I could have handled this without Dr. Amanda's kind, gentle and caring help. She was very much an angel sent and I will be forever grateful and will never forget her helping me say goodbye to my big brindle boy. His passing could not have been more peaceful and comfortable. I miss him incredibly but my heart is at peace. Thank you so much Amanda."
Ron SageOrange, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Ellie Freedman, MFT heads this wonderful group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Southern California Veterinary Speciality Hospital
Orange County Veterinary Specialists (24h)
Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic in Garden Grove
Mandi Pratt Artist at Greyboy Pet Prints
Orange County Animal Care Services
Irvine Animal Care Center
Seal Beach Animal Care Center
Helping families in the following areas:
Los Angeles County
Long Beach and Whittier
Normal service areas include the majority of Orange County California and a few sections of LA County. Extended Service areas include but are not limited to Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel & San Juan Capistrano. Typical fee is between $25-50 depending on distance.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of Love18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner